Phil Jackson says he would not have taken Knicks job

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson gestures Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson gestures during the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets. (Nov. 21, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

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Phil Jackson was happy the Knicks never called him to offer him their coaching job because he said he wasn't interested anyway.

"I wasn't going to take the job, that's for sure," Jackson said in an interview with HBO's "Real Sports" that will air Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Jackson, a former Knick, said, "New York is special." But he also called the Knicks' roster "clumsy" and doesn't believe Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are a good fit.

"There's just too much work that has to be done with that team," Jackson said. "It's a little bit of a clumsy team."

"They don't fit together well," Jackson added. "Stoudemire doesn't fit together well with Carmelo. Stoudemire's a really good player. But he's got to play in a certain system and a way. Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can't stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together."

Mike Woodson is the man responsible for that now.

Woodson, who guided the Knicks to an 18-6 mark in the regular season after replacing Mike D'Antoni, signed a three-year extension on May 25.

Jackson, who has won a record 11 NBA championships as a coach, said he appreciated that the Knicks never called.

"If they called," Jackson said, "it would open the door and they didn't want to open the door."

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